Officials suspect arson caused several wildland fires in South

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wildland fire season in the South has already been a challenge, and now officials think some of them may have been caused by arson.

In Tennessee, a mountaintop fire that started as a 100-acre blaze on Thursday had grown to 375 acres Friday. State firefighters suspect the fire at Graves Gap on New River Highway west of Briceville was started by arson.

Another small brush fire near Barbourville has Kentucky’s Division of Forestry looking for an arsonist. Witnesses reported seeing someone in the area prior to the fire and are asking for the public's help for leads.